The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
“Finally reaching the solitary Mountain, Thorin, and The Dwarves, assisted by Bilbon The Hobbit, managed to recover their kingdom and treasure. But they also awoke the Smaug dragon, which now unleashes its anger on the inhabitants of Lac-village. Now, dwarves, elves, humans, as well as warms and Orcs led by the Necromancer, covet the riches of the solitary Mountain. The Battle of the Five Armies was imminent, and Bilbo was the only one who could unite his friends against the dark powers of Sauron.”
The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Undoubtedly the most epic episode of The Adventures of the ring community, if only for the Battle of the helm Abyss.
“After Boromir’s death and Gandalf’s disappearance, the community split into three. Lost in the hills of Emyn Muil, Frodo and Sam discover that they are followed by Gollum, a versatile creature corrupted by the ring. This one promises to lead the Hobbits to the Black Gate of Mordor. Across the Middle Land, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli are on their way to Rohan, the besieged Kingdom of Theoden. This former Great King, manipulated by Saruman’s spy, the sinister Serpent’s tongue, has now fallen under the control of the evil magician. Eowyn, the King’s niece, recognizes in Aragorn, a leader of men. Meanwhile, the Hobbits Merry and Pippin, prisoners of the Uruk-hai, escaped and discovered in the mysterious forest of Fangorn an unexpected ally: Sylvebarbe, guardian of the trees, representative of an ancient plant people whose Saruman decimated the forest…”
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
The film that introduced the heroic-fantasy and Arnold Schwarzenegger to the public.
“As a child, Conan watched helplessly at the massacre of his parents by the cruel Thulsa Doom and was enslaved. Chained to the wheel of pain, he acquires an uncommon musculature that allows him, as an adult, to gain his freedom as a wrestler. Eager to quench his thirst for revenge, he left with two thieves, Subotai and Valeria, in search of Thulsa Doom…”
Before Peter Dinklage and Game Of Thrones, there was already a small hero able to move mountains.
“Once Upon a time there was a kingdom populated by small inhabitants called the Nelwyns. This peaceful person was dominated from time immemorial by the Daikinis, tall people ruled by the cruel Queen Bavmorda. Now it happened that a prophet announced the birth of a princess called to control Bavmorda. The terrible Queen then ordered the killing of all the newborns in the kingdom. Elora escaped the massacre, and it was Willow, a young Nelwyn with a passion for Magic, who took her in. But Bavmorda had not said his last word…”
The Dark Crystal (1982)
A fantastic epic at a time when 3D didn’t exist yet. As a result of the work of Frank Oz, the man behind Master Yoda, there have probably never been so many puppets in the same film.
“Another world, another time, in the age of miracles… Jen and Kira, the only survivors of the Gelfing race, set out in search of a huge Crystal burst, damaged in a planetary concussion, which gives strength and power to the Mystics, a wise and peaceful people. They must confront the terrible and cruel Skekses who keep them in slavery.”
Half-mythological, half-funny, Hercules is not the manager we expected and remains one of the good surprises of 2014.
“Half-man half-legend, Hercules takes the lead of a group of mercenaries to put an end to the bloody civil war in the Kingdom of Thrace and to put the legitimate king back on the throne. A tormented soul since birth, Hercules has the strength of a god but also feels the pains and sufferings of a mortal? His legendary power will be tested by dark forces.”
Despite the expectations, Walt Disney, Angelina Jolie, and fantasy are a pretty good mix.
Maleficent is a beautiful young woman with a pure heart who leads an idyllic life in a peaceful forest in a kingdom where happiness and harmony reign. One day, an army of invaders threatened the borders of the country and Maleficent, listening only to her courage, rose up as the ferocious protector of this land. In this fierce struggle, a person in whom she had faith will betray her, triggering in her suffering unlike any other that will gradually transform her pure heart into a heart of stone. Determined to take revenge, she engaged in an epic battle with the King’s successor, casting a terrible curse on her newly born daughter, Aurora. But as the child grows up, Maleficent realizes that the little princess holds the key to the peace of the Kingdom, and perhaps also to her redemption.
Monty Python: Holy Grail! (1975)
All the ingredients of the heroic-fantasy, humor also: the quest for the Grail with the Monty Python sauce takes as well or better than any action film.
“King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table set out to conquer the Grail, riding on Ghostly settings in a rustling sound of smashed coconut. The small group will have to go through a thousand trials, including a knight with three heads, young girls in heat, even a terrible rabbit killer.”
The serious version of the Grail Quest, with Liam Neeson in his early youth. What more could you ask for ?
“Uter Pendragon receives from Merlin The Enchanter the mythical sword Excalibur. When Uter died, the sword was frozen in a granite stele. Only the young Arthur, illegitimate son of Uter, managed to wield the Excalibur sword and thus became the king of England. A few years later, he married Guinevere and reunited the Knights of the Round Table. But his half-sister, the evil Morgana, manages to have a son of Arthur who will push him to his death…”
Kalidor: The Legend of the Talisman (1985)
The other great hero-fantasy film by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who would sometimes have done better to stick to it.
“As a team with Kalidor, a brave warrior, Red Sonja swears to avenge the death of his parents killed by Queen Gedren who desires to conquer the world through the powers of a talisman.”